- Today is D-Day.
- Everyone talks about how Lynda Carter was the first Wonder Woman. She wasn’t.
- Walter Kirn on the shopping mall time machine.
- Lasting advice from writer Denis Johnson, who died in May.
- What one writer learned when he submitted his DNA to those testing services you see on TV.
- An interview with Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, and Norman Lear on their new documentary about aging.
- If Tommy Maitland, the host of ABC’s Gong Show reboot, looks familiar there’s a reason why.
- Burger King has those Mac n’ Cheetos things, so how about trying this recipe from 1945: Cheez-It Deviled Eggs.
“Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.”
– Raymond Chandler, on writing
- The Telephone EXchange Name Project.
- The seductive nostalgia of the picnic.
- The power of paper.
- Tom Hanks really loves typewriters. A great interview at WBEZ.
- CBS Sunday Morning examines the real Einstein.
- Lee Smith on Jean Stein, who died earlier this week.
- Twin Peaks is coming back to TV later this year. Slate has several articles on how the show changed television.
- A recipe from 1928: Rice Krispies Date Pudding.
I can’t remember where I first saw the recipe for this drink – either in one of the many cocktail books I own or a web site – but I thought that in these tense days, reporters, correspondents, and writers in general need support more than ever. And booze is good support (also: money).
3/4 oz. gin
1/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1/4 oz. Cointreau (or orange Curacao)
1/4 oz. lemon juice
dash of Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Try not to tweet after having a few.
I don’t know much about poetry. I used to read the stuff Bukowski wrote when he was drunk and I know a couple of dirty limericks, but I don’t read a lot of poetry. But I like this. It’s by Phyllis McGinley, and it was posted by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Twitter (I posted it in my Saturday Evening Post column last month). I was reading a book of McGinley’s essays and did a little research on her since I wasn’t familiar with her work. I discovered she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1961 and wrote several children’s books. She wrote the book the animated special The Year Without A Santa Claus (I’m Mister Heater Miser…) is based on.
I don’t know why The Brian Setzer Orchestra decided to turn the theme from The Flintstones into a Christmas song, but I’m glad they did.
Robert Vaughn passed away last month, and while surfing around I came across this Christmas promo pic for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
OK, this is a quite different than the song in the previous post. From the 1956 album Ski Trails, it’s Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and His Orchestra doing “Sleigh Ride.”